FR3 - Our first Class A
'lo everybody. It feels strange being called newbie at my age but I did just join the forum. We traded our SS 3170DS on an FR3 30DS; took delivery less than 2 weeks ago. We took an uneventful (I'm happy to report) overnight shakedown cruise last weekend. The Villages RV Park (part of Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona NY. North of Syracuse) is absolutely beautiful.
But we are not campers. We show our dogs and the motorhome enables us to stay on the showgrounds and not have to treck to and from "nearby" motels. Show grounds range from public school back lot-dry camping, to county fairgrounds with complete hookups to motel parking lots with (really big commercial) portable generators and all you can imagine in between.
I had modified the 3170DS; removed the bunks and replaced them with dog crates. But DW (rightfully) complained about cramped bed and bruised elbows from low hanging cabinets, tiny shower and cramped living room in the 3170. And let's face it, there is not much elbow or leg room in the driver or passenger space in an E Series cab either. Upgrade to and A was inevitable. We decided to sacrifice the dinette in the FR3 DS for the dog crates. TV snack tables when it's just the 2 of us and the really deep LR slide allows for a folding camp table for larger dinning parties. We are already loving the honest king bed and the considerably larger shower.
I'm loving the handling. The shorter wheelbase and unbelievably short turning radius makes getting in and out of my driveway a breeze. We've not encountered any construction flaws (yet) and I've already started mods with an additional shelf in cabinet between TV 7 Microwave. I have my eye on shelves for the broom closet at the entrance.The only problem I've had is the piston that opens the cabin door. It needs a chain or cable stop. I opened the door beyond 90 degrees and pulled the metal threaded rod out of the plastic socket end. Dealer is sending me a couple of replacement ends in the mail.
I'm really happy that this forum is here. Just reading the posts has taught me a great deal about the unit; saving me much time poking, prodding and opening access panels to see what is ticking where.
As a respectful newbie, I will watch and listen for a while before adding my 2 cents to any of the threads.